Royal visitor discovers how Stanage-North Lees connects people to the national park

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Friday 1 May 2015

Outstanding contributions awardsPrince Edward, Earl of Wessex, has visited the Peak District National Park’s Stanage-North Lees estate, near Hathersage, and handed out awards to five people who have made an outstanding contribution to Britain’s first national park and embody the principle that it is ‘Ours to Care For’.

Accompanied by HM Lord-Lieutenant William Tucker, the Earl of Wessex recognised the efforts of Henry Folkard, British Mountaineering Council (BMC) volunteer and Stanage Forum secretary; Bill Gordon, Stanage-North Lees warden; Mike Harding and Keith Singleton, Stanage-North Lees volunteer rangers, and Geoff Nickolds, retiring deputy-chair Rebekah Newman explains Stanage to Prince Edwardof the Peak District National Park Authority.

Rebekah Newman, property manager for Stanage-North Lees, hosted the visit and introduced Prince Edward to the Authority chair, Cllr Lesley Roberts, and chief executive Sarah Fowler, as well as representatives of the BMC, Mountain Rescue, Stanage Forum, Local Access Forum, and the Peak District National Park Authority’s ranger, rights of way, ecology and historic buildings services.

Meeting Duke of Edinburgh studentsAmong the issues discussed were the importance of Stanage Edge to climbers and the local community, the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme in the Peak District, and the Sheffield Moors Partnership who were represented by Nabil Abbas of Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Danny Udall of the Eastern Moors Partnership .

The Earl of Wessex also met Michael Longworth, tenant farmer on the estate, and a family staying at the historic North Lees Hall, the original inspiration for Charlotte Bronte’s Thornfield Hall and now let as holiday accommodation by the Vivat Trust.

National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler said: “It was a privilege to share Stanage-North Lees with Prince Edward, to show him its wild beauty but most importantly for him to see the diverse range of people – including schoolchildren, families, farmers, climbers, walkers, and volunteers – who benefit from and contribute to this magnificent national park landscape in so many different ways.”

The Prince heard how visitors to Stanage-North Lees are being encouraged to contribute £15 to help look after its internationally important landscape and in return receive a sticker to display in their car for 12 months free parking at Stanage car parks, and a discount at the campsite. The ‘Stick up for Stanage’ contribution scheme helps pay for access improvements, bird conservation, woodland management works and visitor information.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was presented with gifts from the Peak District National Park representing local produce, the campaign to raise funds for conservation and recreation projects at Stanage and the national park logo, including: local honey from the Estate, a ‘Stick up for Stanage’ sticker, and a hand-crafted millstone ornament made by Stephen Nicholson of Capital Stone Masonry, Sheffield.

People can obtain ‘Stick up for Stanage’ stickers from Stanage-North Lees campsite and the Outside shop in Hathersage (cash only). They are also available by phoning 01433 650 838 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), emailing  or online at
More information about Stanage-North Lees is at

Picture captions:  
1. Prince Edward handed out Outstanding Contribution Awards to Geoff Nickolds, Keith Singleton, Bill Gordon, Mike Harding and Henry Folkard.

2. Stanage-North Lees property manager Rebekah Newman explained to Prince Edward how important the landscape is for people.

3. Prince Edward met Duke of Edinburgh expedition students from Childwall Sports and Science Academy, Liverpool.

Rebekah Newman explains Stanage to Prince Edward

This is an archived press release

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